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New facial-recognition technology can accurately identify travellers wearing masks 96% of the time, according to a test run by the Department of Homeland Security

The US Department of Homeland Security tested facial-recognition technology that it said can accurately identify masked airline passengers 96% of the time. Pre-pandemic facial-recognition algorithms had lower rates of identifying people wearing face masks. Efforts to improve facial-recognition technology have increased in order to to protect travellers from having to […]
New facial-recognition technology can accurately identify travellers wearing masks 96% of the time, according to a test run by the Department of Homeland Security
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Property tech companies are helping landlords spy on residents, collect their data, and even evict them. Critics are calling it an invasion of privacy that could reinforce inequality.

Landlords are increasingly using facial recognition software and other surveillance technologies to track tenants’ movements and collect their data. The companies selling “proptech” claim their products make residents safer, but some say flaws and biases mean they’re really just accelerating gentrification and invading people’s privacy. Researchers with the AI Now […]
Property tech companies are helping landlords spy on residents, collect their data, and even evict them. Critics are calling it an invasion of privacy that could reinforce inequality.
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The pope has joined forces with Microsoft and IBM to create a doctrine for ethical AI and facial recognition. Here’s how the Vatican wants to shape AI.

The Vatican called for stronger regulation of the use of artificial intelligence in a plan announced on Friday, Reuters first reported. The document also said AI tools should work fairly, transparently, reliably, and with respect for human life and the environment. Microsoft and IBM joined Pope Francis in endorsing the […]
The pope has joined forces with Microsoft and IBM to create a doctrine for ethical AI and facial recognition. Here’s how the Vatican wants to shape AI.
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Amazon sells facial recognition software to police all over the US, but has no idea how many departments are using it

Amazon’s incredibly lucrative web services division sells facial recognition software to police departments all over the United States. Facial recognition software isn’t regulated by the US government, and oversight is handled entirely at Amazon’s discretion. In a new interview with Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy, he reveals how little […]
Amazon sells facial recognition software to police all over the US, but has no idea how many departments are using it
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Kamala Harris and other prominent Democrats are demanding an investigation into how facial recognition tech is being used on people who live in public housing

Democratic lawmakers asked Ben Carson, head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, to look into the use of facial recognition in public housing in a letter sent Wednesday. Lawmakers expressed concern about the technology’s accuracy and its potential to lead to over-policing and discrimination against women, non-cisgender people, […]
Kamala Harris and other prominent Democrats are demanding an investigation into how facial recognition tech is being used on people who live in public housing